Travel / Tourism

Elephant Watch Hut Habarana ranked as region’s top two B/B hotels

Views - 86 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

Elephant Watch Hut Habarana has been ranked among the top two Bed and Breakfast (B/B) Hotels category in Habarana area beating some of the four and five star hotel categories. According to the one of the three owners of the property Buddy said that i


Cinnamon Bentota Beach opens doors to first guests

Views - 62 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

Cinnamon Bentota Beach officially opened doors to its first guests on 15 January as the flagship property of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts. Religious observances of all faiths were conducted with the participation of John Keells Holdings Chairman Krish


Largest media delegation from France and Belgium make successful Lankan fam tour

Views - 119 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:13

A 20-member French and Belgian media delegation has successfully completed a familiarisation tour in Sri Lanka thanks to an initiative of Chandra Wickramasinghe, the Chairman and Managing Director of Connaissance de Ceylan and Theme Resorts and Spas,


Tourism development and minimum hotel room rate

Views - 387 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:11

The Hoteliers Association of Sri Lanka is in a world of its own in requesting the Government to bring back minimum hotel rates. There is no country in the world to our knowledge that governments get involved in fixing hotel room rates. The only coun


Visit Malaysia 2020 promotion takes off in Colombo with Malindo Air

Views - 108 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:10

By Charumini de Silva Malindo Air Sri Lanka yesterday launched the ‘Visit Malaysia 2020’ campaign in Colombo, where Tourism Malaysia is targeting to attract RM 100 billion in tourism receipts and 30 million international tourists by the end of th


Sri Lankan Ambassador highlights tourism of Sri Lanka at Diplomatic International Forum of Seoul

Views - 61 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:09

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, during the keynote address at the Diplomatic International Forum of Seoul, held a couple of days ago, elaborated and enunciated the touristic attractions and attributes of Sri L


Govt. to regulate airport taxi service

Views - 228 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the taxi service will be regulated to curb the malpractices that occur at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). During a discussion held with the representatives of the Airport Tourist Drivers Associat


Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines announce significant codeshare expansion

Views - 27 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways is pleased to announce expanded codeshare cooperation with Malaysia Airlines, starting from 27 January. The new codeshare agreement will strengthen the two airlines’ strategic partnership, first initiated in 2001. With 10


Sungreen Resort and Spa Habarana wins Silver Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence

Views - 30 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Habarana Sungreen Resort and Spa Chairman Priyankara Bandara Athukorale was the proud winner of the Silver Award for the Tourism sector (large category), at the Entrepreneurship Excellence 2019 Awards of the North Central Province. The prestigious an


RAK to host annual PATA Summit 31 March to 3 April

Views - 23 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

More than 250 international thought leaders, industry shapers and senior decision-makers engaged in driving tourism to and from the Asia Pacific region will gather together in Ras Al Khaimah this year for the annual PATA Summit 2020. Taking place fro


Korea extends $ 11 m support to develop tourism

Views - 144 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

The Government of Korea has decided to provide a grant of $ 10.96 million to promote tourism in Sri Lanka. This support was conveyed by Ambassador of Korea Sri Lanka Heon Lee when he called on Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga this week. “Korea h


Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives wins leading surf resort title at Maldives Travel Awards

Views - 44 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has been recognised as the leading surf resort in Maldives. The award was presented at the prestigious Maldives Travel Awards gala, held at Crossroads Maldives last month.  Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has also won the ‘


Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

Views - 29 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Australia’s peak tourism body estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$ 1 billion ($ 690 million) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors. Industry bosses were


Valvettithurai Annual Kite Festival ends successfully

Views - 62 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Thaipongal air kite competition organised by Valvai Vikneswara Community Centre was held in Valvettithurai, Jaffna on 15 January, witnessing the participation of thousands of people from various parts of Jaffna Peninsula. The kite competition has gro


Gulf Air adds Nice as leisure boutique destination

Views - 19 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Gulf Air has revealed a new addition to its 2020 network with a popular premium leisure destination: Nice on the Cote d’azur in France, commencing from July. The route will be operated twice weekly flights using an Airbus 321neo aircraft. The annou


Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld on 1 April

Views - 30 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

Morocco’s lag carrier Royal Air Maroc will join the oneworld alliance effective 1 April, becoming oneworld’s first full member in the African continent and bringing even more destinations and benefits for oneworld’s frequent flyers. The entry o


‘Traveling in the Wild’ by Cinnamon Holidays and HSBC Premier

Views - 49 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

Cinnamon Holidays together with HSBC Premier is unfolding the biggest wildlife exhibition in Colombo, ‘Traveling in the Wild’, on 18 and 19 January at the Lionel Wendt, Harold Peiris Gallery. A photography exhibition celebrating six years of guid


WNPS regional public lecture in Kandy on Sunday

Views - 64 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will hold its regional public lecture in Kandy on 19 January at 5 p.m. at the British Council, Kandy with expert Rukshan Jayewardene speaking on the ‘Social life and survival strategies of Sri Lanka


Kuwait Airways announces Global Sale 2020

Views - 24 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

Kuwait Airways, the five-star major airline national carrier of state of Kuwait has kicked off 2020 in truly high-flying style with the launch of its unique Global Sale, offering travellers unrepeatable fares on Economy Class to Europe, UK and USA! T


SLTPB collaborates with ITV UK for destination promotion

Views - 86 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) kicked off its international media promotions for 2020, by collaborating with British mainstream TV channel ITV-UK. Under the Visiting Journalist Program, SLTPB was invited to ITV’s flagship daily morning


Colombo Court Hotel & Spa continues to drive sustainability and eco-friendly luxury

Views - 48 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

A new class of beautiful in the hospitality industry is boutique hotels finding novel ways to indulge responsibly and provide its guests with unforgettable holiday experiences. As a pioneer in driving ‘green holiday’ and delivering memorable vaca


President calls for new strategy to turn tourism into $ 10 b industry by 2025

Views - 87 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this week instructed top officials to draw up a new target-oriented strategy to transform tourism into a $ 10 billion industry by 2025. He made these remarks at a discussion with ministers Prasanna Ranatunga, Arundika Fer


Sri Lanka targets more Western European tourist arrivals at ILTM, Cannes 2019

Views - 92 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Located in a picturesque location of the French Rivera, the 18th edition of the ILTM France kicked off from 2 to 5 December 2019, at Cannes, France with an attendance of over 5,000 visitors from all across the world. ILTM 2019 was also marked as the


Asia Pacific airlines intl. passenger volume up 3.4% to 30.3 m in Nov.

Views - 19 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of November show international air passenger markets recorded a further increase in demand, stimulated by the availability of affordable airfares and impro


Oman Air debuts first US codeshare flights

Views - 14 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Oman Air has taken a major step forward in its growth and service, debuting its first codeshare flights connecting Oman and the US, which streamline travel from Muscat to New York and Miami, via Milan, through its partnership with Air Italy. Additio


5-year tourist visa a ‘game changer’ for UAE: Oyo

Views - 50 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Oyo Hotels & Homes, UAE strongly feels that the recently announced five-year multiple entry visa will prove to be a game-changer for UAE’s vibrant hospitality industry. Oyo UAE started getting tourist enquiries from several countries the moment it


Sri Lanka on show at South Asia’s Travel and Tourism Exchange

Views - 94 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau showcased Sri Lanka’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry at SATTE 2020 held in India. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in association with Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi organised Sri Lank


BMICH provides zero emission transport for visitors

Views - 48 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:15

A fleet of four electric three wheelers powered by solar energy was deployed for the use of visitors to the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) recently. These electric three wheelers, called E- trikes, are part of the Korean


Art and architecture of Cinnamon Bentota Beach revealed

Views - 153 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:15

Cinnamon Bentota Beach hosted a special pre-opening exposition of the resort on 5 January to ardent followers of Geoffrey Bawa, art enthusiasts and the press to showcase the artwork set up in the restored section of the hotel. The Bentota Beach Hot


Sri Lanka Insurance Travel Protect facilitates online purchases

Views - 36 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:14

Sri Lanka Insurance will facilitate online purchasing for Sri Lanka Insurance Travel Protect via www.srilankainsurance.net, making it more convenient and hassle-free for customers. SLIC Travel Protect is a unique travel insurance policy with exclusi


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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear


Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli


Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind


The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and


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